About Barbara

I grew up in a small town in eastern Connecticut, a place where I had the freedom to explore art in many media: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pen, pencil… Raised in a loving and supportive home, I was encouraged to follow my dreams and was even allowed to paint a mural on our kitchen wall as a teenager!

Barbara Hengstenberg PortraitMy art studies took place throughout school and at the Farmington Valley Arts Center. I worked on staff at Aid to Artisans, a nonprofit organization that supports struggling artists and craftspeople in developing nations.

My work is a meditative art form that allows me to visually represent the world as I see and hear it. Many of my pieces are inspired by the poetic lyrics of songwriters, as well as by visual quotations.

In addition to my work here, I am the founder and artist behind WildesArt.  I invite you to explore the pages of WildesArt for my extensive and growing Print Shop.  Proceeds from the sales of WildesArt prints (purchased via www.WildesArt.com) are a continuing endeavor to benefit a number of charitable organizations and community outreach projects.

I hope you enjoy my work, and will visit often.  Leave a comment; I’d love to hear from you!

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